Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry is out today. This is a super hot contemporary romance. Grace is working as a temp, hoping it will turn into a long term position. She has some pretty heavy responsibilities, and meets Callan while she is working. Callen is anything but responsible! But he is completely charming and Grace finds herself being slowly won over. This was a cute read and worth a nosey. Check it out at the links below!

Grade B-
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Illeagal Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. I’ve already re read it twice. It has all the elements I like in a contemporary sports romance and it hit all the right notes.

Gavin is a total grump, who I am quite sure just needs a few pats. He just wants to play football on his own terms and not be referred to as just some rough kid who’s made good. To him, this seems like no ones business but his own. He’s an incredibly loyal friend and it’s this that gets him in to trouble in the first part of the book. Plus a slightly crappy temper. When Noah comes into his life as a much needed PA, Gavin’s dealing with being housebound and admittedly seems to also be angling for jerk of the year. Noah however has some serious patience and begins to see Gavin has more than a few redeeming features.

Noah has a history of making bad decisions in his love life, and is pretty sure falling for his current employer would be a super rubbish idea. However, when he discovers Gavin might just be completely grumpy BUT kinda wonderful and bi, all bets are off and it gets incredibly hot, pretty damn quick. Omg. This book.

I loved Illegal Contact. This has some of my absolute favourite tropes, a grumpy hero, close proximity, bi representation, friendship, sport and romance. It was just perfect. Straight onto the keeper shelf, and I am dying to read the next book in the series.

Grade A

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July Wrap Up.

These all the books I’ve read this month. Just a few… Some fantastic reads!

I absolutely loved  Silver Silence, The Gentlemen’s Guide, Illeagal Contact and House of Cards. Hope you’ve had some fab reads this month too.

A ~ The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Epic. Loved it!!
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A ~ Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell 5 Stars. Loved it!! So damn hot. Longer review to come.
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A ~ Rat Queens Volume 1. Excellent first volume.
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A ~ House of Cards by Garrett Leigh. Save the chickens. Srsly.
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A- ~ Rat Queens Volume 2. Good… not as awesome as volume 1.
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B ~ Paper Girls Volume 1. Ok, some of the language used as a little meh.
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B+ ~ Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. Ok. Requires suspension of disbelief.
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B+ ~ Silver Silence by Nalini Singh. Epic start to a new series. She’s so awesome!
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B ~ Trust by Kylie Scott. Cute contemporary. Nice to see a heroine who is bigger.
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B ~ Monstress by Marjorie Liu. Liked it, be interested to see the 2nd volume.
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B ~ Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen. Cute LGBTQIA series.
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B ~ Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. The thriller with a extended family cast. Good summer read.
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B ~ Spun! By J. L. Merrow. Cute LGBTQIA contemporary series.
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B ~ Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh. Fantasy YA adventure, with romantic elements.
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C ~ Dating you / Hating you by Christina Lauren. Contemporary romance.
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C ~ Damaged like us by Krista Ritchie. Crazy sauce LGBTQIA romance. Requires much suspension of disbelief.
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D ~ Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow. Found this a difficult read. Not for me.
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D ~ The Watcher by Bella Jewel. Had some issues with male lead.
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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.

Set in snowy, western Montana, this new thriller from Nora Roberts really made for great, cosy winter reading.

Bodine Longbow, who runs the family’s ranch and retreat, comes back into contact with her childhood crush Callen Skinner. Callen has returned from Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home base. Their relationship develops against a backdrop of a large, close family the ranch, retreat and beautiful surrounding hills and trails.

One family member is absent however. Bodine’s Aunt Alice, who disappeared years earlier. The family had assumed she’d just run off, but she makes a startling reappearance after two murders take place.

I think because I’ve been listening to so many murder and crime podcasts at the moment, that this really hit the spot. It was a thriller that built slowly, and had me at times on the edge of my seat. Super creepy, with a nasty villain to boo and hiss at.

I think that I got so caught up in the crime aspect, that the relationship between Callen and Bodine took a back seat. This was definitely one of Robert’s ensemble cast books, with lots of well fleshed out secondary characters and that whole close family vibe going on. I think enjoyment wise, I preferred her last thriller, The Obsession, a little more than this one. Maybe it was just a little too much going on, and think I prefer something a little more stripped back in secondary characters and plots.

However, it was a solid read and I spent it tucked up in front of the fire and well engaged.
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House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

I enjoyed this so much I nearly read it in one sitting. At 2 am I forced myself to put it down. It was such a great story of comfort and healing and I found it incredibly romantic.

Calum is on the run from his past and a seriously toxic relationship. He finds himself on the Cornish coast and runs into an old friend, Brix. When Brix sees him, he immediately takes him in and looks after him. Calum has always had a bit of a soft spot for Brix and the feeling was most definitely mutual, although when they new each other years before, they did nothing about their attraction.

This was such a slow burn. Both men have pasts and secrets. There is plenty of comfort and a chance for these two to heal old wounds and fall in love. I was just engrossed. They are such a perfect pair and it was beautifully paced and written. The secondary characters, Brix’s family and the tattoo shop added to the mix and Porthkennack was a character in itself. This has to be one of my favourites of 2017. Loved it.

A-

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


I was utterly charmed by this book. I loved the characters, particularly Monty, despite him being a completely vile at times. I adored Percy, who has the courage of his convictions to forge his own path. One of the other standouts was Felicity, also putting up with no nonsense from Monty and a woman with a mind of her own. 

What I loved most of all was the setting of a Grand Tour in Europe. It absolutely made this story shine. Diverse characters, women who most certainly do not need saving, adventures, a three musketeers feel and pirates. One of my favourite reads of 2017. 
I loved this so much, I ordered it in hardback. Inconceivable! 

5 Stars
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Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell.

This is the 3rd book in the Ethan and Wyatt  series, about a young couple who meet at University. I really like these new adult books and was eager to read this final volume. The first two dealt with their initial meeting and both of the characters learning to trust and love. This final books is more about adulting and learning to live together.

As always, K.A. Mitchell, writes sweet, angsty and hot relationships that are realistic and enjoyable. This latest installment was great final chapter in their romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did find myself a little on edge initially as I kept thinking something truly horrendous was going to happen, but it didn’t eventuate and I felt the 2nd half of the book was stronger as a result. Lots of learning, compromise and growing up.

A great read and a lovely final book.

4 Stars
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A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

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What Matters by Gracie Leigh.

I absolutely loved this book. I nearly read it in one sitting! It is a contemporary romance with a heroine I totally fell for. Eddie is smart, occasionally a little cranky and trying hard to grow up and deal with her shit under trying circumstances. As you do. The hero, Sam, is a bit of a grump – which is just how I like my heroes and he cooks. There is loads of banter, arguing and lovely tension. The story was just right and I found it seriously sex positive, which was so good to read. There were some secondary characters I’d like to see more of too, and I am cannot wait for more. So good! Go read it now!!!

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Single Malt by Layla Reyne

This was another great action drama from Carina Press. I’ve been enjoying several of their novels over the past few months.

I think the author has created a great set up for future novels and the romance was believable and there was good tension throughout the story between the protagonists. The case work and FBI plot was very like watching a TV drama and I did find it super entertaining. I found parts of this novel a little more angsty that I’d normally be keen on, but it was not overwhelming. I am really looking forward to reading the second book now and cannot wait to see what happens next for Aidan and Jamie. A great rainy day read and an author to watch.

4 stars.

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